Minor White, Male Nude
This portrait was taken by Minor White, one of others he has taken studying the form of the male nude. The compression of the grey tones in this image highlights the contrasting light and dark areas and creates an atmosphere for the picture. The view of the male nude is direct and face on. The composition doesn't centralise the figure, yet is still a striking and interesting photograph, making the viewer look all around the figure and a the photograph in it's entireity.
The lighting appears to be coming from the bottom left of the image, creating an intense shadow behind, which is quite harsh and creates a certain mood for the overall image. The figure, in this sense, almost appears over bearing, showing a certain strength and confidence, while displaying a fully naked body.
The aesthetics of the photograph, which was very common at this time, was that of pure and straight photography. The set up of the image is also important when analysing as the focus of the one picture frame just to the right of the figure may imply he is being photographed in his own home. This could be the reason for any easy or comfort he conveys - a sign that he is in his own surroundings and totally at ease with the place and the photographer.